Equality and diversity is important to us. We aim to achieve the highest professional standards and expect our team to demonstrate courtesy to and respect for colleagues, clients and others at all times. We have policies and procedures designed to ensure that discrimination does not occur.

Our policies relating to equality and diversity are reviewed annually.

We are regulated by The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and, as a regulated practice, we are required to annually collect, report and publish data on the diversity of our workforce annually. We have made our report to the SRA on our 2023 diversity data.

Our team was asked to complete an anonymous diversity questionnaire. Completion of the questionnaire is not mandatory, and 1 team member chose not to complete the questionnaire. Of those who chose to complete it, many opted for 'Prefer not to say' in answer to some of the questions.

The survey results are set out below.

  • Age - Of those members of staff that answered the questionnaire, 6 were in the age range 16-24, 10 were in the age range 25-34, 14 were in the age range 35-44, 11 were in the age range 45-54, 7 were in the age range 55-64 and one preferred not to say.
  • Gender - Of those members of staff that answered the questionnaire 45 were female, 5 were male and one preferred not to say.
  • Ethnicity - Of those members of staff that answered the questionnaire, 2 were Indian, 44 were White - British/English/Welsh/N.Irish/Scottish and 2 were of other white ethnicity.
  • Socio-economic background (education) and caring responsibilities - Of those members of staff that answered the questionnaire, 41 mainly attended non-selective State School between the ages of 11 and 18, and 8 attended selective State Schools. 

Sixteen staff members were primary carers for a child under eighteen.

Three members of staff look after or give help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others due to long term physical or mental ill-health/disability or problems related to old age.

  • Disability - Of those members of staff that answered the questionnaire, one considered themselves to have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act 2010, and their day-to-day activities were limited a little because of a health problem or disability which has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months. 
  • Sexual orientation, religion and belief - There is no requirement to publish the answers given to questions on the above.

If you have any queries regarding equality and diversity in relation to Pickerings Solicitors, contact Carolyne Browne, HR Manager  on 01827 317054  or cbrowne@pickerings-solicitors.com

UPDATED 17th July 2023